09/13/2015 - Braxton Miller was unusually quiet, save for one big block using his right shoulder that's been surgically repaired twice. It wasn't a flashy touchdown like the two he had in No. 1 Ohio State's first game, but the play against Hawaii helped build confidence for the former quarterback who's faced several different tests of the shoulder early this season. Miller led with his right shoulder for a key block on Saturday to spring punt returner Jalin Marshall for a 32-yard return. The play was defining for Miller as he recovers while playing a new position in part because of a logjam at quarterback for the top-ranked national champions. Former NFL and Ohio State receiver Cris Carter noticed, sending Miller a tweet: "Nice block." "Appreciate it brother," Miller replied after the 38-0 win. "Had to protect him lol."
Miller tells everyone the shoulder doesn't hinder him. He first hurt it during the 2014 Orange Bowl against Clemson, then sat out last season when he reinjured it 13 months ago on a non-contact play. After a splashy first game against Virginia Tech with a 54-yard touchdown catch and 53-yard touchdown run, Miller was limited to 46 yards on six carries and a 6-yard catch against Hawaii. The block came because he volunteered to be part of the punt return unit. "Whatever I do on the field, I just want to be the best at it," said Miller, fourth in Ohio State passing history with 52 touchdowns and the Big Ten's most valuable player in 2012 and 2013. - AP Sports
09/09/2015 - Week 1 Stock Report - Who helped themselves? Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State, RSr. (6-1, 215)...Not many players can say a season-ending injury was the best thing that happened to their careers, but that might be the case with Miller. The quarterback missed all of the 2014 season with an injury to his throwing shoulder and decided to transition to wide receiver for his final season in Columbus. Miller entered Monday night's season opener at Virginia Tech with zero career catches, but you wouldn't have known that watching him against the Hokies. His first reception was a diving grab that showed off tremendous body control and concentration, looking the ball into his hands mid-air and finishing.
His most impressive play came late in the third quarter when Miller took a direct snap, stretched the run to the outside and showed off a video game spin move to weave through the defense and race 53 yards to the end zone. He finished with six runs for 62 yards and a score and two catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. As long as he stays healthy, Miller will be a top-100 pick next April as a versatile playmaker and teams will have some interesting debates on how high they should draft him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/09/2015 - Sept 8 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week: Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Sr., HB, Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne...Registered 140 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns to guide Ohio State to a road victory over Virginia Tech...Both touchdowns covered more than 50 yards, with a 54-yard reception and 53-yard run in the third quarter to turn a 17-13 deficit into a 27-17 lead...Finished the contest with two catches for 78 yards and six carries for 62 yards...Records the fourth Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and first since Oct. 28, 2013...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: J.T. Barrett (Nov. 10, 2014). - Big Ten Football
09/09/2015 - Braxton Miller has clearly found a new home at wide receiver, and No. 1 Ohio State has found another dangerous weapon. Not what the rest of the college football world wanted to hear. Miller scored two touchdowns - one on a 54-yard catch-and-run where he had to tip-toe down the sideline, the other on an electrifying 53-yard run - and the star-studded Buckeyes began their title defense with a 42-24 victory over Virginia Tech on Monday night. "I really would have preferred that third quarterback be over competing for a quarterback job rather than out there as an athlete," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said as the Hokies fell to 0-9 against teams ranked No. 1. "I thought he was pretty special."
Miller made a diving 24-yard reception for his first catch since moving to wide receiver, and he only got better as the night wore on. His touchdowns came after the Hokies had taken a 17-14 lead into halftime, the long run including a spin move that left defenders falling down. Wide receiver Michael Thomas watched it happen, and said he thought: "There he goes. That's Braxton." Miller said he set the defenders up for the spin move, which allowed him to run free to the end zone. "I definitely did. I set them up," he said. "I acted like I was looking straight but I seen them out of the corner of my eye." - AP Sports
08/17/2015 - As Braxton Miler makes the switch from quarterback to receiver for Ohio State, he is feeling it in his legs. The two-time Big Ten player of the year at quarterback said he's been monitored running four miles during a practice. "Oh my God," he said Sunday during Ohio State media day. "I can barely run a mile playing quarterback." Coach Urban Meyer said Miller will have to adjust to the wear and tear on his ankles and knees from not just running but making quick starts, stops and cuts. "As a receiver you line up and you run for two hours," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "As a quarterback you don't run. You run for maybe four or five minutes at practice and you're doing other things."
Miller underwent a second surgery on his throwing shoulder nearly a year ago and redshirted the 2014 season when the Buckeyes won the national championship. His decision to switch positions narrowed Ohio State's quarterback competition to two: J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, who helped Ohio State win its final three games after Barrett broke his ankle in the season-finale against Michigan. Miller said his torn labrum is still not 100 percent and his shoulder just can't stand up to the rigors of playing quarterback. But Miller was one of the best running quarterbacks in college football and his speed and elusiveness should make him a good fit at H-back. - AP Sports
05/29/2015 - Meyer says QB Miller will remain at Ohio State...Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer expects quarterback Braxton Miller will play for the school this fall and has no plans for him to switch positions. "He's playing for Ohio State this fall," Meyer told reporters at a news conference Friday. Miller, who was the Big Ten offensive player of the year in 2012 and 2013, missed the 2014 season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder suffered during preseason camp. Rumors have circulated that Miller would use the graduate transfer option for his final season of eligibility. He graduated this spring from Ohio State. Behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, the Buckeyes defeated Oregon 42-20 to win the first College Football Playoff in January. Jones is preparing for a highly anticipated battle with J.T. Barrett and Miller for the starting quarterback job in the fall.
After Miller sustained the torn labrum, Barrett led the Buckeyes to a 10-1 record before fracturing his ankle in the Buckeyes' regular-season finale against Michigan last year. Jones then took over and went 3-0 as a starter, winning the Big Ten Championship Game and the CFP semifinal and title game. Barrett and Miller, still recovering from injuries, were on hand April 18 when the Buckeyes set a college football record for spring-game attendance when 99,391 turned out to watch the Scarlet beat the Gray 17-14 in Ohio Stadium. Jones finished 19 of 42 for 304 yards and two touchdowns. Meyer said Friday that Miller has been working hard on his rehab and has progressed to throwing up to 35 yards this summer. "He's in the best shape he's ever been in his life," Meyer said. "He's working his tail off." Some believe Miller's NFL future is at receiver or running back. "The objective is to get him healthy," Meyer said, "and be an Ohio State quarterback. - The Sports Xchange
05/18/2015 - Ohio State AD Gene Smith: Braxton Miller told me he's staying...Braxton Miller still hasn't made any public comment on his future with Ohio State, letting the rumor mill concerning a possible trandferchurn. But his athletic director told ElevenWarriors.com last Thursday that in private, Miller has pledged to remain in Columbus for his senior season. "He's not going anywhere," Gene Smith said. "Where's the rumors? He's never said [he would leave]." That someone as close to the situation as Smith would go on record with this much confidence that his former Heisman candidate quarterback didn't want a transfer -- he repeated himself that Miller is "not going anywhere" -- might be the most positive sign for Buckeyes fans yet.
At the same time, though, there is one minor catch: Smith said the conversation when Miller assured him he would remain in Columbus happened (in Smith's words) "well before spring ball." "He's working out in the weight room and we got into a conversation and I just asked him, I said, 'You good? All these rumors out there, you good? You need some help if you want to transfer?'" Smith said. "He said, 'Mr. Smith, I'm not going anywhere. I love it here.'" Smith wrapped up the interview by arguing a transfer "would have happened" already if that was what Miller wanted, and he has a point -- with spring practice now a month in the rearview mirror and August already on the distant horizon, time is unquestionably running short. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
05/06/2015 - Urban Meyer: Braxton Miller is 'excited for 2015 as a Buckeye'...Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will be asked about Braxton Miller's status with the team in most every bit of media availability between now and the beginning of fall camp. It has to be frustrating for Meyer, but it comes with the territory of being the defending national champions and carrying three successful college quarterbacks on a roster that is expected to contend again in 2015. By now we know the company line on Miller. The potential of immediate eligibility in 2015 makes him a "plug and play" option for any school looking for answers at the quarterback position. But Miller, working his way back to full health this spring, insists that he wants to finish his career as a Buckeye and compete for the starting job against J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.
Alabama and Florida State have been frequently mentioned landing spots for Miller, but so far there are more rumors than reports, with even Miller's visits to Birmingham for shoulder surgery and rehab becoming a talking point. On Monday, Meyer told Dan Patrick that he doesn't listen to the "hearsay," and said all indications point to Miller playing for the Buckeyes in the fall. "That surfaced in January and I asked him and he said 'absolutely not' and obviously young people, anyone is allowed to change their mind," Meyer said. "I have not heard it, I did not ask him, one of our strength coaches did and he said I don't know where that's coming from. So I would say Braxton is staying is all indications that I'm getting. And all I can go by is -- I don't go by hearsay, I just talk to the people involved and he seems to be extremely happy and excited for 2015 as a Buckeye." - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
04/23/2015 - Rumors can be like avalanches at times, in that, no matter what stands in the way, that snow is going to keep making its way down the mountain and level anything in its path until it just dies out. And the rumors about Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller possibly transferring to Alabama after he graduates this spring have reached avalanche status this week. It started earlier this week when radio host Paul Finebaum said on his show that a source told him there was "a chance" that Miller would transfer to Alabama. Of course, there's also a chance that Braxton Miller could transfer to any other school in the country as well. There's also a chance that he'll just stay at Ohio State. Chances are not in short supply. Still, once the rumor got rolling, it kept rolling, with Nick Saban having to respond to it himself. Saban said he hadn't heard of any rumors, but that if "the right person" came around, Alabama would have room for them. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
04/22/2015 - Ohio State QB Miller reinstated by NCAA...Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been reinstated by the NCAA after an investigation determined he committed a minor violation. "The NCAA has determined Braxton Miller's Instagram post on March 24, 2015, was deemed to be a promotion of a commercial product," the school said in a statement Thursday. "The Ohio State University Dept. of Athletics reported the incident to the NCAA, and the NCAA has reinstated Braxton's eligibility without any conditions. This was considered a minor violation and the matter is now closed." Last month, the senior quarterback was pictured on Instagram appearing to endorse a line of nutritional products.
The information page, with Miller sitting next to a local trainer behind a table with AdvoCare products, included links to order items through Miller. AdvoCare is a weight-loss and nutritional products company that sponsors the Texas Bowl. College athletes are allowed to sell products such as AdvoCare, but they can't use their image or their ties to a school for promotional purposes. Miller is working out with the Buckeyes this spring after undergoing shoulder surgery and sitting out the 2014 season. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year is rehabbing the shoulder and expected back in the fall to compete with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones for the starting job. - The Sports Xchange
03/26/2015 - Ohio State's compliance office is investigating whether quarterback Braxton Miller broke any NCAA rules when he posed for a picture on social media with health-care and nutritional products. Miller was pictured on Instagram on Tuesday night with products from AdvoCare. Miller is a graduate student who started three seasons for the Buckeyes but missed all of the Buckeyes' championship season last year after shoulder surgery. He is expected to play this fall after rehabbing through spring workouts. Student-athletes are permitted to hold jobs outside of school but they cannot use their status with a college team to sell products. - AP Sports
03/25/2015 - Ohio State 'looking into' possible Braxton Miller endorsement violation...An Ohio State spokesperson says the school is "aware" of a deleted Braxton Miller Instagram post that showed the Buckeyes senior quarterback with a collection of AdvoCare nutrition products -- and more importantly, appeared to endorse the multi-level marketing brand. Per Land-Grant Holy Land, the Instagram handle mentioned in the caption to Miller's post belongs to trainer Brandon Oshodin of the company Authentik Fitness (who would later re-post Miller's image). Oshodin appears to be a distributor of AdvoCare products. AdvoCare makes it clear it does not approve of NCAA athletes promoting the product (even if no doubt would be happy to have them use them).
So what's the potential fallout from Miller's misstep? Not much, most likely, unless Oshodin or another AdvoCare party has paid Miller handsomely for the privilege of the above photo, in which case the violation may be of the "secondary" variety. An apology, repayment of any minor impermissible benefits and promise to keep any future mentions of AdvoCare off his social media accounts may potentially resolve the case. But as Ohio State knows better than most, delving into the murky world of the NCAA rulebook can sometimes offer some surprises. Stay tuned. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/13/2015 - J.T. Barrett would be 'shocked' by Braxton Miller transfer...Braxton Miller isn't opening up about his future just yet. But if his teammate and fellow quarterback competitor J.T. Barrett is correct, that future won't include a 2015 season spent anywhere other than Ohio State. "I'm not Braxton, but being that I do talk to him every day, I think that would be something me and you both [would] be shocked if he was to leave," he told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Thursday, following a Buckeyes spring practice. "I think it's ridiculous honestly." Following Barrett's breakout season and Cardale Jones' season-ending star turn, Miller has been rumored to be considering a transfer, possibly to Florida State. But there have been no public indications such a decision is imminent, no serious reports of unhappiness on Miller's part. The fifth-year senior has taken his expected limited reps in the early part of Ohio State's spring camp as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
"Some of the things talking about Braxton leaving Ohio State, I think that's really silly," Barrett said. Both Barrett and Jones described the competition between the three as friendly to the Associated Press. "We always competed with each other," Jones said. "It's not like, 'Oh, Braxton's going to start, or J.T.'s going to start, let me just chill and not prepare like a starter or compete with them.' We always push each other." That said, hearing that Miller is happy from his teammates is different from hearing it from Miller himself -- and unlike Jones and Barrett, Miller declined to speak to reporters Thursday, either the AP's or the Plain-Dealer's. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/11/2015 - Miller joins other Ohio State QBs for practice...National champion Ohio State kicked off spring practice Tuesday with three high-profile starting quarterbacks taking the field. Fifth-year senior quarterback Braxton Miller, J.T Barrett and Cardale Jones each participated in various drills. Miller did most of his work on the sideline, tossing the ball 10 to 15 yards, with other injured players. Miller sat out the Buckeyes' 2014 title season with a shoulder injury. Coach Urban Meyer said the most important thing for Miller is to get healthy. And the OSU staff will be watching Miller very carefully. Miller was one of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates last season before injuring his shoulder. Barrett stepped in and finished fifth in the Heisman race. Many people believed that either Miller or Barrett would transfer in the offseason.
Others believe that maybe quarterback won't be Miller's primary position this season. Asked if Miller potentially could play another position, Meyer shot down the idea. "No," Meyer said. "All of our conversations are about health of the athlete. I just want to see him get healthy. To sit there and start saying how about safety or cornerback or H-back or receiver, no, we haven't had that conversation." During Tuesday's practice, Barrett threw a little more than Miller. But he too was limited as he recovers from a broken ankle suffered in the Michigan game. Jones, Ohio State's postseason hero who led the Buckeyes to victories against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, Alabama in a national semifinal and Oregon in the championship game, took the bulk of reps Tuesday. - The Sports Xchange
01/25/2015 - Miller hints at Ohio State return...Quarterback Braxton Miller of Ohio State, considered a Heisman Trophy candidate before he missed the 2014 season because of right shoulder injury sustained in August, might return to the Buckeyes after all. Miller is a senior and can transfer without having to sit out a year, and has been speculation that he might be heading to Florida State, Oregon or LSU. However, when Ohio State celebrated its national championship with a rally at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Miller sounded like he wasn't going anywhere. "Privilege and honor to be part of this team," Miller told the fans. "Guess what, we've got another year to do it. So go Bucks." Miller would have to beat out Cardale Jones, who took the Buckeyes to the national championship after injuries sidelined Miller and J.T. Barrett. - The Sports Xchange
01/22/2015 - Braxton Miller enrolled at Ohio State for spring semester...Maybe it matters. Maybe it doesn't. As of yet, Braxton Miller hasn't said. But for whatever it's worth, Miller doesn't appear to have any immediate plans to leave Columbus, judging by the report from the Columbus Dispatch's Tim May. Enrolling at Ohio State would hardly preclude Miller from transferring over the summer or even beforehand, but it's worth noting it doesn't appear to be a necessary step towards a potential out of the Buckeyes' uber-crowded depth chart at quarterback.
Miller received his degree in communications from the school in December and would have been eligible to become a graduate school transfer at the beginning of this semester. Miller's future has been one of the hottest topics of speculation in college football since J.T. Barrett emerged as a potential Heisman candidate midway through what would become the Buckeyes' national championship season -- speculation that only increased when Cardale Jones took over for Barrett, led the Buckeyes to victory in the Big Ten title game and two College Football Playoff games ... and then elected to return to school. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
12/31/2014 - Urban Meyer expects Braxton Miller back at Ohio State for 2015...Cardale Jones, Ohio State's third-string quarterback at the beginning of the season and starter for Thursday's College Football Playoff semifinal against Alabama, has been the focus of many Sugar Bowl-related stories this week, but recent reports of a potential Braxton Miller transfer have Urban Meyer discussing the Buckeyes' quarterback situation for 2015. During media availability on Wednesday, Meyer was asked about Miller's status with the team for next season. Meyer acknowledged that while there have been "conversations" about the future, Miller is expected back in Columbus for his final year of eligibility.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Miller has "shown interest in transferring to Florida State." If the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year does plan on leaving Ohio State, FSU will likely have to compete with any team looking for a quarterback this offseason as Miller would eligible to play immediately. J.T. Barrett's sensational regular season started these discussions earlier in the year, but no credible reports had surfaced linking Miller to a particular transfer destination until this week. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com